Entries from July 2009

Reflections on SysAdmin Appreciation Day

Date July 31, 2009

Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day. Maybe you heard? If you're reading this blog, you probably did. Statistically speaking, you're in the minority. Most people don't know about it. Heck, it's not a REAL holiday, so most people can't be blamed. There's no special section at Hallmark, you can't go buy clothes on sale at […]

Giveaways at the Meetup

Date July 30, 2009

Sorry for the frequent posting about the meetup, but I keep getting more information. If you've been considering going but haven't decided, hopefully this will tip you in the right direction. There are a couple of people coming to the meetup that you may have heard of. Tom Limoncelli, for instance, who wrote Practice of […]

As a CentOS user, I find the recent news disturbing...

Date July 30, 2009

If you haven't heard, Lance Davis, administrator of the CentOS project is missing in action. Reading that blog entry is disturbing on several levels. First, and most obvious, is that the single person responsible for the project has been missing. Above and beyond that is the portrait painted by that blog entry is not one […]


Date July 28, 2009

Everyone who is planning on coming to the Sysadmin Day Meetup in Manhattan should know that it's been moved across the street. The new location is The Gingerman. Under the Volcano (the old location) was suddenly purchased and closed for renovations, so that effectively meant that we couldn't meet there. Fortunately, The Gingerman is literally […]

Changing the Windows XP default user profile

Date July 27, 2009

In my infrastructure, all of our non-developers have Windows XP machines. Because I'm not completely migrated over to network profiles even though I'm adding machines to the domain, I want to provide a consistent user experience for users logging into a machine for the first time. As you've probably noticed, the "default" look is probably […]

Overselling services in the datacenter

Date July 26, 2009

There's a great post on Storagebod today called "Living on a prayer". The topic of the discussion is overselling storage space, via thin provisioning and data deduplication. I commented at the article, but after thinking about it, I suspected some of my readers here would be interested as well. As I mention, overallocation of resources […]